- Title: Venezuela repudiates White House following sanctions threat
- Date: 18th July 2017
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (JULY 18, 2017) (REUTERS) VENEZUELAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SAMUEL MONCADA, ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SAMUEL MONCADA, SAYING: "The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela repudiates the extraordinary statement issued by the White House yesterday, July 17, 2017. It concerns a document never before seen, that due to its low level and poor quality, makes it difficult to understand the intellectual intentions of the aggressor country. Obviously, the government of the United States is accustomed to humiliating other countries with its international relations and believes it will get in response the submission it is used to getting. The hole that the United States government is digging, as far as its relations with Venezuela, complicates a rational calculation for its actions with regards to the entire international community. The government of the United States shows, unabashedly, its complete partiality with the violent and extremist sectors of Venezuelan politics. Supporters of the use of terrorism to overthrow a popular democratic government. The moral ruin of the Venezuelan opposition has led President Trump to commit an open aggression against a Latin American country."
- Embargoed: 1st August 2017 16:20
- Keywords: Venezuela United States Nicolas Maduro Donald Trump opposition Samuel Moncada
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA / INTERNET
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA / INTERNET
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016Q8W37R
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government on Tuesday (July 18) condemned a "brutal" and "imperial" threat by U.S. President Donald Trump to impose economic sanctions if plans to set up a controversial new congress were not withdrawn.
Reading the government's response to Trump's statement on Monday (July 17), Venezuelan Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada said the July 30 vote for a legislative super-body known as a Constituent Assembly would go ahead despite U.S. objections.
Reading the statement, Moncada said Trump had committed, "an open aggression," against Venezuela.
Trump on Monday (July 17) threatened to take "strong and swift economic actions" if Maduro goes ahead with plans to create a super-legislature known as a Constituent Assembly in a July 30 vote.
A tweet on the official POTUS Twitter feed on Monday called for Venezuela to hold, "free and fair elections."
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